Reflection planes

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Reflection planes are many situations wherein the Being folds upon itself. The Being as Being is always in this collapsed state. In other words, there is neither the Being and then the other that look at one another and create a mediation to come into contact with the Being itself. The Being is always already folded; it is thereby always already mediated. The fundamental characteristic of the Being is to produce a fold, a “reflection” or, even better, a “reflection plane.” This is what we can call mediation. This folding does not occur at a level of our comprehension, but rather before all comprehension.

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Conference "DH Unbound" by the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities

May 17-19, 2022

From May 17-19, 2022, the Canada Research Chair on Digital Textualities team will give multiple talks and presentations in the context of the annual conference "DH Unbound". Exact dates and links to come!

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89th Acfas Congress

May 9-10, 2022

On May 9, 2022, PhD candidates Roch Delannay, Giulia Ferretti and Mathilde Verstraete will give lectures as part of the "Prix étudiants" (Student Awards) period of the conference "Le numérique dans les sciences humaines : Édition et visualisation" (The Digital in the Humanities: Edition and Visualisation) at the 89th Acfas Congress at 3:45 p.m. On May 10, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., Marcello Vitali-Rosati will preside the 4th session of the same conference. Online only, link to come!

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Conference "Reconnecter un monde dévasté ? Représentation des enjeux environnementaux dans les jeux vidéo" (Reconnecting a Barren World? Representation of Environmental Issues in Video Games)

April 8, 2022

As part of the lecture series "Le numérique à son miroir" (The Digital to Its Mirror), the University of Rouen-Normandy organises a conference on the representation of environmental issues in video games. Margot Mellet will give a lecture titled "Sacrifices must be made: Réflexions sur l'obsolescence dans le jeu Inscryption" (Sacrifices Must Be Made: Thoughts on Obsolescence in the Video Game Inscryption) at 9:10 a.m. (EST) online, here

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March 24, 2022
39th Edition of the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium

The Littérature québécoise mobile team, constituted by René Audet, Bertrand Gervais, Alexandra Saemmer and Marcello Vitali-Rosati, presents a panel titled "Penser la matérialité des pratiques littéraires numériques" (Thinking the Materiality of Digital Literary Practices) on March 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the conference hosted by the Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. Online here

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Discussion on palimpsest

As part of the project "Le récit de voyage à l'ère numérique. Tentative d'épuisement de l'autoroute Nord-Sud (Gaspé et Miami) (Travel Literature in the Digital Era: Attempt at Exhausting the North-South Highway [Gaspé and Miami])", PhD candidates Margot Mellet and Emma Lacroix will discuss their research on palimpsest on March 8, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) here.

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The References That Connect Us: Creating Knowledge Networks From a Zotero Library Workshop

Workshop conducted in collaboration with the Comparative Materialities Research Group of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association on February 22, 2022 at 9:30 (EST) here

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Marcello Vitali-Rosati, « The Chiasm as a Virtual - A Non-Concept in Merleau-Ponty’s Work (with a Coda on Theatre) », in Merleau-Ponty and the Art of Perception, North Carolina University Press, 2016.

Philosophers and artists consider the relevance of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy for understanding art and aesthetic experience. This collection of essays brings together diverse but interrelated perspectives on art and perception based on the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Although Merleau-Ponty focused almost exclusively on painting in his writings on aesthetics, this collection also considers poetry, literary works, theater, and relationships between art and science. In addition to philosophers, the contributors include a painter, a photographer, a musicologist, and an architect. This widened scope offers important philosophical benefits, testing and providing evidence for the empirical applicability of Merleau-Ponty’s aesthetic writings. The central argument is that for Merleau-Ponty the account of perception is also an account of art and vice versa. In the philosopher’s writings, art and perception thus intertwine necessarily rather than contingently such that they can only be distinguished by abstraction. As a result, his account of perception and his account of art are organic, interdependent, and dynamic. The contributors examine various aspects of this intertwining across different artistic media, each ingeniously revealing an original perspective on this intertwining.

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